Shaq Uncut: NBA Legend Will Tarnish His Legacy in New Book

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 18, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Shaquille O'Neal promotes 'Shaq Uncut: My Untold Story' at the Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on November 15, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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It's been a consensus belief for a long time that Shaquille O'Neal was one of the greatest centers to ever play the game of basketball.

It's also noted that he may have had the biggest ego of any player to ever play in the NBA.

In his new book, Shaq sheds light on his life and career by releasing the truth about incidents that occurred during that time.

It's a light that may actually tarnish the view of the NBA legend.

By telling his story, we all finally have the opportunity to see Shaq for who he truly is.

On ESPN you can read an excerpt from the story about the end of his career in Miami.

In the book, you can see that Shaq was obviously directing blame and criticism towards head coach Pat Riley.

However, I saw things differently. To me, I saw an immature athlete that was unable and unwilling to commit to the game of basketball.

I saw a guy that tore apart a locker room with his terrible work ethic. I saw a guy who didn't at all appear to be one of the best players of all-time.

His story also touches in on other points in his career.

He talks about his marriage to Shaunie Nelson and how he was unfaithful. He talks about threats he made to Kobe Bryant.

Every time though, Shaq seems to aim the blame elsewhere. He doesn't take full responsibility for how his life unfolded.

We all knew that Shaq had a big ego. Now, in his book, we are really seeing how bad it really is.

It may just be enough to make some question his legacy as an NBA star.